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Eleven-year-old Connie Iraheta stood in front of the hospital bed pondering a life or death decision. A man, pale and still, lay covered by a gray sheet. His destiny rested in Connie's hands. The sixth-grader read the patient's diagnosis with intensity, her eyes carefully scanning each detail. She quietly mouthed each word. "John Smith, 35-year-old comatose patient. Doctors believe he will never regain consciousness. . . . Should the tubes carrying food and water be removed, allowing him to die?"
September 30, 1989 | BETH KLEID
Batman's butler, the loyal Alfred, has been kidnaped, and 11-year-old John Pascacio is determined to find out whodunit. He rushes to the Bat Cave Crime Lab, where he's surrounded by the latest crime-solving equipment. At the odor station, he tests the scent the culprit left behind. At the chromatographer, he determines which pen wrote the ransom note.
August 12, 1989 | NANCY JO HILL
David G. Price says his fascination with airplanes started when he was 7 years old. He lived half a block from what was then known as Clover Field and today is Santa Monica Airport. "It was during World War II and I used to go over to the field and watch the airplanes take off," says Price, 56, president of the new Museum of Flying. "My parents were from England and as a little boy, I'd dream of flying Spitfires," he recalls.
August 6, 1989 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
With its lines of visiting children, campus-like layout and exhibits bearing such titles as "Wheels of Change" and "The Energy Experience," the California Museum of Science and Industry gives off a deceptively tranquil air. In fact, it is an institution in turmoil. For months, the museum has been embroiled in conflict. On one side are state officials who operate and oversee the facility, located in Los Angeles' Exposition Park.
October 22, 1988
As great a pitcher as Orel Hershiser is, Roger Kahn transcends that plane in his writing. The evolution of the Dodgers' pedigree, intertwined with his, was moving, and, unbeknown to the reader, tragically summarized by his own admission. It is unfortunate in this day, that society has outgrown the innocence of baseball and capitulated to the pitfalls of a screwball civilization. Roger Kahn's piece truly mirrors the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. STEVE LIEF Los Angeles
October 14, 1988
Construction has begun at the California Museum of Science and Industry on what sponsors say is the nation's first permanent exhibit designed to discourage drug abuse by teen-agers. "Lifestyle Choices" is scheduled to open in January at the Exposition Park facility and will utilize video-interactive displays, such as a simulator showing how difficult it is to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The project is co-sponsored by the National Health Foundation and Arco Corp.
October 1, 1988
Since November, 1986, an estimated 48,000 moderate-to-serious earthquakes have rumbled across one little corner of South Los Angeles. And the level of seismic activity at the Museum of Science and Industry in Exposition Park increased even more Friday. That's because the museum's popular earthquake exhibit, which includes a quake simulator, has expanded. The free hands-on display makes it clear why and how a high-rise must wobble during a temblor so it won't fall down.
June 28, 1988 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
Don M. Muchmore, the once controversial executive director of the California Museum of Science and Industry, is resigning his post immediately, but will continue as executive vice president of the supporting California Museum Foundation, he said Monday. The 65-year-old Muchmore said the move is part of a planned phase-out "over the next 12 to 18 months" when he expects to leave his paid position with the nonprofit foundation and become a private museum consultant.
June 4, 1988 | STEVE HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Jor-el, the garrulous robot host at the California Museum of Science and Industry, caught the suspicious eye of visiting Jason Severance, age 11. "He looks like Freddie (the killer) in 'Nightmare on Elm Street,' " Severance said of the metallic skeleton. Coincidentally, perhaps, Jor-el's message at the opening of the "The Age of Intelligence Machines" exhibition was that humans have nothing to fear from artificially intelligent machines.
April 30, 1988
Spokesmen for the Los Angeles Coliseum complex and the business partnership that is proposed to run the facilities are calling unacceptable a request from the state Museum of Science and Industry for partial veto power over events at the Coliseum and Sports Arena. Museum officials have expressed concern that a private Coliseum manager might schedule so many events that traffic jams and lack of parking could adversely affect attendance at the adjacent Exposition Park museums.
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